Control Engineering hot topics, April 2017
Hot topics in Control Engineering, for April 2017, included stories about the programmable controller’s origins, automation methods used at a brewery, PID learning, artificial intelligence and machine vision, and the emergence of the IIoT. These are based on the top 10 most read articles online in Control Engineering April. Links to each article below.
The programmable logic controller (PLC) went through a lot of trial-and-error in its early inception. It has continued to develop since the 1970’s and the market is now converging toward Ethernet/IP-based control networks.
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Automation methods used in a distillery are adapted for use in the fermentation process at a brew house.
Thinking of sensors as a physical input to a control system can help an engineer realize there are a lot more possibilities than they realize in a field that is narrowly focused in its thinking.
While there are many excellent loop tuning methods available, many practitioners prefer tweaking proportional-integral-derivative (PID) tuning constants or using rules-of-thumb rather than doing the required step test and data analysis.
Several companies are working on artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for the machine vision industry that will allow AI to think more like humans by employing deep learning techniques and other functions that humans use to develop their brains.
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The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will continue to grow as more investments are made and technology and skills continue to develop.
Think Again about digital networks: A redesigned automated industrial process with the goal of improving safety and efficiency saved $106,654 in hardware, design, and installation costs by using an industrial Ethernet protocol instead of hard wiring, not counting a two-thirds reduction in potential errors or other project benefits.
Inside Machines: Industrial matrix drives were used for a transporter system retrofit to reduce energy consumption and costs by creating a more maintenance-free mechanically integral distribution system. New system regeneration capabilities for two motors saves an estimated $1,500 per year.
The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, Apr. 1-30, for articles published within the last two months.
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